ACT offers between 8 and 10 different species of large shade and small understory trees. Trees can be planted on private property and not in a designated public right of way. This program seeks to encourage biodiversity through a varied tree palate, and stresses the importance of planting the right tree in the right place (i.e. small, understory trees are planted near utility lines). Program participants have included the following planning areas: Central East Austin, Coronado Hills, Crestview, East Cesar Chavez, Heritage Hills, Montopolis, North Austin Civic Association, North Loop, Old West Austin, Rosewood, South Congress Combined, Southeast Combined, St. John, Windsor Hills, and Wooten.
ACT 2016 was a huge success. 260 trees were distributed throughout the North Loop Planning area and over 50 of them were planted with the help of community leaders and volunteers. Thank you for your participation and stay tuned for ACT 2017!
Criteria for Participation
To be selected for the Austin Community Tree Program, a neighborhood must meet the following criteria:
Has an adopted neighborhood plan
Has an established Neighborhood Plan Contact Team
Has a low tree canopy
Based on this criteria, city staff invite selected neighborhoods to apply to the program. Due to the high need and desire for trees in neighborhoods, the success of this program relies heavily on having an organized neighborhood to recruit volunteers for tree planting. Please visit Adopted Neighborhood Plans to determine if your neighborhood has a neighborhood plan and Neighborhood Plan Contact Team.